November 2006

Over 800 pages of knowledge and wisdom, for those organizations consolidating, considering a migration, and examining the future in collaboration:This IBM Redbook presents the strategic and market benefits of IBM Lotus Domino over Microsoft Exchange and provides an overview of the tools and strategi...

Nice win from down under...Monash University has selected IBM Lotus software to improve collaboration for its 60,000 staff, students and researchers around the world. ... "Our researchers use a variety of computing platforms and operating systems. All the systems we looked at had robust messaging a...

While I described the project as "interesting" at the time it was announced, privately I never expected it to go anywhere...Novell has found that nearly every business customer it approached already had an e-mail and calendar server in place, Teichman said. ... the project's server, while good, is...

Congratulations and thanks again to Ben Langhinrichs for publishing his 7th annual Lotusphere sessions database for Lotusphere 2007. Check it out and start planning your session attendance. I think it's going to be a fantastic show....

Mary Beth Raven and I did an update session on Notes/Domino 8 here at Admin/Developer 2006 Europe. Chris Miller was hiding in the back row of the room, live blogging. In Chris's style, I can't find a sentence or two that would make a reasonable quote here. He transcribed what we talked about, add...

Still a Domino developer

November 28 2006

One of the interesting thoughts that came out of Jake Howlett's twin postings last week was the sense of being "stuck" that was expressed by a number of the comments. The feeling expressed by some is frustration, perceiving that the tools haven't evolved to meet their needs, or that IBM isn't liste...

I'm reading the Austrian Airlines in-flight magazine, which announces that Austrian will begin nonstop flights -- finally! -- between Chicago O'Hare and Vienna, starting in March '07. This makes the 10th Star Alliance carrier to serve ORD, joining United, Air Canada, bmi, Lufthansa, Swiss, SAS, LOT...

French cuffs

November 27 2006

There is something about arriving in Paris that just puts a smile on one's face. The drive from Gare du Nord to La Défense was like a tour of the city -- the amazingly wonderful Christmas lights and windows at Printemps and Galleries Lafayette were a special treat. THALYS was a nice train ride fro...

Last week saw a rather intense discussion take place on codestore.net. Jake Howlett posted an entry entitled "Having a stab at Domino", which linked to Andrew Tetlaw's perspective on Domino. Jake then prompted readers to have their say, writing:Come on guys, don't be afraid to speak your mind.A lo...

Miss you all :-)...

CEO-spotting

November 22 2006

It's a bit unusual to see a cabin crewmember on a major airline wearing an immaculately-tailored suit instead of a uniform. It's even more unusual when they have a large name tag that says, "C. Franz, Chief Executive Officer". But sure enough, helping me put my coat into the economy class overhead...

A few updates on the Lotusphere 2007 front. First, it's been great to see the enthusiastic blogging by speakers about their upcoming sessions. As both Rocky and I have mentioned, there are a lot of new faces among the 2007 speaker crowd. I encourage you to check them out. One interesting new old...

This Gartner report was originally published eight weeks ago, but Microsoft has apparently purchased reprint/distribution rights, as it is linked from various points on Microsoft.com. I didn't comment on it at the time of original posting as it has become my policy not to blog about reports which a...

Quickplace has always been a great product to share, a point that SNAPPS is making by announcing three free, open-source placetypes for Quickplace 7:SNAPPS is pleased to offer IBM Lotus QuickPlace customers a series of free, open-source templates for QuickPlace 7! In our role as the official IBM Des...

The complete list of Lotusphere 2007 main conference sessions and breakouts has been posted on the Lotusphere website. BoFs are being finalized along with customer panels -- you should see those by Tuesday. Take a look and see if we've delivered on the promise to continue to increase the techni...

More and more European

November 18 2006

I appear to be in a European frame of mind, as I ready to spend eight days overseas this week and next. Two random clues: 1) I bought a couple of shirts the other day from the catalog of London shirtmaker Charles Tyrwhitt. Their catalog featured the addresses of their two stores in New York City o...

Watch IBM TV

November 17 2006

What a cool site! IBM has consolidated all of the videos, podcasts, and product demonstrations from across Software Group into one site. Click through on the banner, click "Select a topic" in the upper left, choose a topic, and go! Much easier way to navigate versus the individual product section...

Colin Williams has the right idea...I shook his hand and introduced myself. I then explained that Notes has a 'new mail' button, a place to write some words and a 'send' button...much like any other email system. He shut up, left the department and we all cracked up! A week later and now the guy is...

With six weeks left to go in the year, it looks like 2006 will be my top travel year ever in terms of miles (though not in terms of days)....looks like it should end up at about 150,000 flying miles. For the first time, I'll make United's 1K status (mostly through flying their partners) and of cour...

Since I enrolled about 30 edbrill.com readers into the Notes 7 beta for Macintosh, wanted to make sure all were aware that there is an updated beta build of the Notes 7.0.2 Mac client now posted. Beta sites who have downloaded report that it is much faster than the first beta (and also faster than...

Ferris Research's blog tackles a topic this morning that has been the subject of much discussion...It's generally quite difficult to make a reasonable business case for converting all the users in an organization from Notes to Exchange or vice versa. However, a single organization with both systems...

A couple of weeks ago, I delivered a presentation on The History of Lotus Notes at the e-Office event in the Netherlands. After posting a link online, many of you provided feedback that will help me improve the presentation. In the meantime, I also received some interesting e-mails. Both Alan L...

Last week, I delivered a presentation entitled "Business Aspects of Social Software and Collaboration" at the ICE Conference run by the CIPS in Edmonton. I've posted the slides via SlideShare. The presentation was intended to educate an audience overall on how collaboration and social software...

Wow, this is big news! The acquisition will extend Motorola's mobile computing capabilities and increase the company's enterprise client base. Good Technology's wireless messaging, data access and handheld security offerings provide intuitive and advanced productivity solutions for mobile professio...

Check out today's new Taking Notes podcast, an interview with IBM Lotus general manager Mike Rhodin. Aside from denying that Tickle Me Elmo will be the comedian at Lotusphere 2007, the guys covered a lot of ground with Rhodin. Everything from NSFDB2, Notes on Linux, "Nomad", SOA, Lotus Expeditor,...

In the last 24 hours, those registered for Lotusphere have been sent a link to the session preferences voting site...your preferences help us decide what time slots and rooms are appropriate for the hundreds of sessions that have been selected. I know that in the last 30 minutes, the official acce...

Ferris is conducting a survey about staffing requirements for e-mail systems. It would be interesting to see how the staffing ratios compare for some of the centralized Notes/Domino environments that have thousands of users per server, like the iSeries-based enviornment I talked to in February that...

Contrast

November 9 2006

Over the last five days, between Mary Beth's blog and mine, there have been something like 200 comments about a proposal to drop a single feature from the Lotus Notes client. In contrast, a posting yesterday on the MS Exchange team blog, covering 24 features that have been dropped from MS Exchan...

I The new issue of IBM Research's Systems Journal features ten in-depth articles on innovations and trends in business collaboration. The authors are IBM's expert researchers, engineers, architects, and designers who have been focused on collaborative technologies for several years. If you've eve...

Yet another blog has appeared on IBM developerWorks -- but this one is different. The developerWorks Lotus team blog, authored by Tara Hall, Craig Lordan, and the rest of the "notes.net" team, is now online. What makes it different? It's running on the Domino 7.0.2 blogging template. Why is that...

Looks like things are moving along nicely...a beta build of Notes 8 has been made available internally to the first 500 IBMers beyond the development organization. I'm in the process of downloading now. We still haven't lifted the restriction on doing external demonstrations, though that will come...

OK, so there are already 76 comments, but I suspect a few of you share my affection for the double-right click after using Notes for a dozen years.... But one confession. In Notes 8 "Hannover", HTML rendering in e-mail is now being done by an embedded browser object (IE). So the HTML rendering i...

Off to ICE-y Edmonton

November 5 2006

Later today, I'm headed north to Edmonton for the CIPS ICE tech conference, along with a bunch of customer meetings in the morning. Looks like they're expecting a fair bit of snow in Edmonton this week...I guess I should be getting used to that......

Looks like version 1.00.03.0000 was posted a couple of weeks ago. Note: A bug is preventing me from posting the link in the main blog entry, see the comments for the link. (Thanks, Fred)...

Somewhere around the middle of last week, I wrote a draft blog entry on all the logistical challenges I had in Europe last week. Reviewing it a few days later, a lot of it was pretty whiny. But one thing still really irritates me -- when I pulled out of the Brussels airport, the motorways in front...

e-Office ran a top-notch event on Tuesday in Maarssen, Netherlands, to celebrate fifteen years that they've been in the Notes/Domino business. Congrats to them on such a milestone. As I mentioned a few times, my job was to present on the history of Notes, as well as a roadmap to Hannover and beyo...

Tonight the Swedish hotel room service chef has brought me some grilled venison, not really all that bad but certainly nowhere near as interesting as the touching offer from a customer to have pumpkin soup tonight with his family. I have an early flight back to the US tomorrow morning, and as is, i...

Change of scenery

November 1 2006

It was about 20 degrees celsius when I awoke in Rome 24 hours ago... now.......